Our Town Sports for Jan. 9

January 9, 2014


Practice space: Home Plate Baseball has space available for team practices, batting cage and pitching mound rentals. Contact Wilson Kilmer by email at or text 785-393-9564. For information visit

Ad Astra swimming: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is always accepting new swimmers. For information, contact coach Patrick at 331-6940 or coach Katie at 766-7423 or visit the website at

Aquahawks openings: The Aquahawks are always accepting new members. The Aquahawks are a year-round USA Swimming-sponsored competitive swim team. The Aquahawks offer a swim lesson program and competitive swim team for all ages. The Aquahawks are coached by professional coaches with weekly practices geared toward a variety of skill levels. For information contact Andrew Schmidt at

Group run: Every Thursday at 6 p.m., Garry Gribble’s Running Sports holds a group run from its store. It’s called “Mass Street Milers,” and all paces and ability levels are welcome. For information, call the store at (785)-856-0434.

Royal Crest youth leagues: Royal Crest Lanes will host youth bowling leagues on Saturday mornings beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 11. The age groups are: 4-7, bantams, two games per week; 7-12, preps, three games per week; and 12-plus, brat pack, three games per week. For information, contact Royal Crest at 842-1234.

Basketball lessons: Gary Hammer is conducting private and small group basketball lessons. Hammer is the athletic director and a teacher and coach at Veritas Christian School. Contact Gary at or call 785-841-1800.

Basketball clinic: Reign Basketball Academy, LLC., presents “Push the Rock” basketball clinic for youth boys and girls, ages 7-14. Cost is $20 per athlete. Cash or check only. Clinic will be held in Lawrence at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th Street, on Jan. 11, 2014. The clinic is from noon-2 p.m., and will focus on shooting, dribbling, speed and agility, defense, 1-on-1 concepts, and S.C.H.A.P.E. Clinic will also provide a brief devotional/ministry time. Payment is due on day of clinic or via mail. To register, go online to: or contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056 or for more information.

Basketball tournament: MAYB will be holding a basketball tournament in Lawrence for boys and girls in grades 3-8 on Jan. 25th. There is a three-game guarantee, and the cost is $165. All games will be played at Lawrence High and Free State. For more info visit

Junior Firebird dance clinic: The Free State Dancers will hold their annual Junior Firebird Dance Clinic from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 12. It is open to girls ages preschool through sixth grade. It will be held at Free State High. Participants will learn chants, the fight song and an age-appropriate dance they will perform at halftime of the Free State varsity boys basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Registration ($40) includes the clinic, a T-shirt, pom poms and a ticket into the game. For information, e-mail Amy Bartle at or Paige Hofer at

Baseball, softball training: A facility for indoor baseball and softball training is opening: Team Performance (12,000 square feet, four pitching lanes, six hitting cages, fielding space, personal training, etc.). This is for teams and individuals. Doors will open on Jan 4. It is located at 1811 W 31st. More info at or call 760-0443.

Baseball academy: Lawrence High and Free State will offer their fifth annual winter baseball academy. Sessions are from 5-6:30 p.m. on Sundays at Lawrence High and Free State. For more information, please contact Brad Stoll at 550-4657 or

Douglas County Amateur Baseball: DCABA leagues for 2014 have team space available in the U8 National League and U10 National League. Registration information is available online at Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. For information, contact Lee Ice at

KU volleyball clinic: The Kansas University Jayhawk Juniors Winter Volleyball clinic will be held this month. The sessions (for grades K-5 and 6-8) will run 6-7:15 p.m. starting Saturday, Jan. 4, then running the following four Sunday in January: 12, 19 and 26. Athletes will be engaged in basic to complex skill-development according to age. Assistant Wendel Camargo will run the camp. Guest coaches, including KU players, will assist. For information, contact Jana Correa at 816.678.3267.

U12 baseball: Competitive U12 baseball team looking for one dedicated and experienced player for 2014 season. Cannot turn 13 before May 1, 2014. Team will play in DCABA league and in several tournaments. Contact for private tryout information.

10U softball: The River City All Stars 10U softball team is looking for players with 2003/04 birthdays to play in the upcoming season with winter practices. Experienced pitchers are a plus. For information or to schedule a tryout, contact coach Troy Johnson at or 550-0524.

Futsal registration: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is extending registration for the boys and girls indoor futsal (soccer) leagues for grades K-6. The Coaches Meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th Street. Coaches are needed, so if you are interested in coaching, call 785-832-7940. The cost for grades K-4 is $40 and $50 for grades 5-6. Registration form are available at the local recreation centers or go to and click on Youth Sports. For information, call 832-7940.

Middle school basketball: Lawrence Parks & Recreation and Lawrence USD 497 are extending registration for the boys middle school intramural basketball program for grades 6-8. The coaches meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th Street. If you are interested in coaching a middle school team, call 832-7949 or email at The participation fee is $55. Registration forms are available at the local Lawrence Parks & Recreation centers and at the middle school main offices. Teams are now being formed.


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